19 January 2009


15 Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May God, the God before whom my grandfather Abraham and my father, Isaac, walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life, 16 and the angel who has kept me from all harm—may he bless these boys. May they preserve my name and the names of my grandfather Abraham and my father, Isaac. And may they become a mighty nation.” (Genesis 48:15-16 NLT)


Jacob was a very old man, weak, nearly blind, and lying on his death-bed. His life was almost over, but his life-work was not yet complete. He gathered his remaining strength and spoke blessings over his sons and their families – blessings appropriate to their personalities and blessings appropriate to the purpose of God for each of them.

Words of blessing spoken by a father or mother are powerful influences and these words from Jacob were especially powerful because they were spoken intentionally and prophetically.


The words that I speak to my wife, to my children, to my grandchildren, and to others are also powerful influences. My words have the power to bless or to curse, to encourage or discourage, to bring peace or create anxiety, to bring discord or to bring harmony.

I must choose my words carefully and speak intentionally as Jacob did. I must speak words that are appropriate to each member of my family. I must allow God’s Spirit to give me words of blessing and inspiration and hope to everyone to whom I speak.


Father, I don’t know how many people I will encounter today nor how many words I will have the opportunity to speak. Please keep me conscious through the day of the opportunities I have to speak words of blessing and help me choose my words wisely. May my words today be Spirit- directed words of blessing – blessing now and blessing future. Amen.

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